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January 31, 2018

Digital service are never fully “completed,” (iterative development for the win!) and open.canada.ca is no exception. This week, we are excited to say that we’ve made a foundational investment to support future responsiveness by migrating the infrastructure of open.canada.ca to cloud hosting and upgrading to Drupal 8. Ideally, you didn’t even notice.

Continue reading "We’re changing, but hopefully you won’t even notice"...

January 23, 2018

I believe very strongly in fairness and equality of opportunity in this country. No one should be denied the chance to live their lives to the fullest or contribute to society because of their race, religion or sexual orientation.

Which is why I’m particularly pleased to be part of a government that champions openness and inclusion, one that experiments with new ways of opening up opportunities for people rather than closing doors against them.

Continue reading "Name-blind Recruitment — an Experiment in Serving Canadians Better"...

January 08, 2018

The Government of Canada is committed to openness and transparency. When we open government, we need to open it to all Canadians, regardless of their accessibility needs.

That’s why I’m thrilled that the Treasury Board Secretariat is making what I hope will be a transformative investment. We’re putting out a contract for an innovative, open source solution to help improve accessibility. We’re making the investment to help make Government and its information truly open by default, for all Canadians.

Continue reading "Investing in Accessibility"...

December 14, 2017

I went back to school this week, albeit as a guest speaker to a group of about 90 girls from grades 6 through 8 at D. Roy Kennedy Public School in Ottawa.

The occasion was one of 90 Hackergal hackathons held at schools in cities across Canada to interest girls in careers in information technology.

Using the Python coding language, they watched their own imaginations come to life on a computer screen as a playable video game. Let me just say that we’ve come a long way since the Commodore 64 I noodled around on when I was in middle school.

Continue reading "Hackathon inspires girls to gain knowledge and tech courage"...

December 04, 2017

I was very pleased that the Government recently launched Canada.ca/results. Last week, the Results and Delivery Unit (RDU) posted the data set we’re using to track mandate letter commitments at open.canada.ca, allowing anyone to poke around in the data and analyze it as they’d like.

Continue reading "What do we do at the Results & Delivery Unit - and why?"...